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Fantasy RB Rankings Week 16: who to start with, sit as a runner in fantasy football

Fantasy football owners were treated to a total mess of COVID-related injuries and postponements last week, and if they didn’t do anything else, they should have been given a reminder that handcuffing their starting running backs is crucial this time of year. In fact, familiarizing yourself with the full depth chart for each team is not a bad idea. If a team has a breakout, it could affect multiple players, especially a group of staff. Our Week 16 fantasy RB rankings should take some guesswork as to who will and won’t be playing, but there will be plenty of necessary updates throughout the week.

Elijah Mitchell (knee), D’Andre Swift (shoulder), Kareem Hunt (knee) and Damien Harris (hamstring) were the key running backs who missed last week’s games due to injuries, and it’s unclear if some will return this week. At this point, it would be somewhat surprising if Swift returned, but the other three could be legitimate game-time decisions. Jamaal Williams, Phillip Lindsay, and Alexander Mattison were notable runners who were lost last week due to COVID protocols, but Williams (@ Falcons) is the only one who would be of considerable value if he returned this week (which he likely will).

Field marshal | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Darrell Henderson (@ Vikings), Michael Carter (vs. Jaguars), Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon (@ Raiders), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. Steelers), Miles Sanders (@ Giants) and whoever starts for the Lions (@ Falcons) tops the list of borderline BRs with favorable pairings. With the possible exception of Sanders, most of these guys are safe in 12-team weekly rosters anyway, but there’s no reason to worry about them this week.

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Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Those matchups also create some potential flexibility opportunities for backups Sony Michel (@ Vikings), Tevin Coleman (vs. Jaguars), Darrel Williams (vs. Steelers) and Jordan Howard (@ Giants). We will also add committee endorsements David Johnson and Rex Burkhead (vs. Chargers). However, most fantasy owners would rather go for a boom or bust WR in their flex than a relatively high floor, low ceiling RB like those players, especially in PPR leagues. It really comes down to what you think you’ll need the most to win your showdown.

On the flip side of the matchup coin, players like James Conner and Chase Edmonds (vs. Colts), Devonta Freeman (@ Bengals), Chuba Hubbard (vs. Buccaneers), Myles Gaskin (@ Saints), D’Onta Foreman (vs. 49ers ) and Devin Singletary (@ Patriots) are the border runners in the toughest places. Conner is tough to sit down due to his upward TD, while Freeman and Foreman are developing relatively safe floors (last week Freeman notwithstanding), but Edmonds, Hubbard and the Bills are not worth pinning their hopes on in the leagues. standard. The same goes for backups Tony Pollard (vs. Washington), AJ Dillon (vs. Browns) and last week’s big win, Duke Johnson (@ Saints). Ronald Jones (@ Panthers) would profile similarly to Conner if he starts in Fournette’s place.

Again, it’s hard to make too many plans at RB (or any position) early in the week. Injuries will show up and at this point in the season teams are much more likely to just knock out players during the year. If you’re still alive in your fantasy playoffs, you’re probably paying close attention and we’ll be here to help fill in the gaps along the way.

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Note: We will update these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for the analysis and the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 16: Who to Start as a Runner for

Ratings are based on standard, not PPR punctuation

Rank Player
one Jonathan Taylor, IND @ ARI
two Austin Ekeler, LAC @ HOU
3 James Robinson, JAX @ NYJ
4 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. DET
5 David Montgomery, CHI @ SEA
6 Najee Harris, PIT @ KC
7 Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. LAR
8 Leonard Fournette, TB @ CAR
9 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. PIT
10 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ MIN
eleven Alvin Kamara, NO vs. missing in action
12 Nick Chubb, CLE @ GB
13 Javonte Williams, DEN @ LV
14 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. WAS
fifteen Antonio Gibson, WAS @ DAL
sixteen Joe Mixon, CIN vs. BAL
17 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ LV
18 Josh Jacobs, LV vs. DEN
19 Aaron Jones, GB vs. CLE
twenty Saquon Barkley, NYG @ PHI
twenty-one Michael Carter, NYJ vs. JAX
22 Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. CHI
23 Miles Sanders, PHI v. NYG
24 James Conner, ARI vs. IND
25 Andre Swift, DET @ ATL
26 Elijah Mitchell, SF @ TEN
27 Devonta Freeman, BAL @ CIN
28 D’Onta Foreman, TEN vs. SF
29 Damien Harris, NE vs. BUF
30 Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. LAC
31 Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. TB
32 Jamaal Williams, DET @ ATL
33 Darrel Williams, KC vs. PIT
3. 4 David Johnson, HOU vs. LAC
35 Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. IND
36 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ NO
37 Devin Singletary, BUF @ NE
38 Sony Michel, LAR @ MIN
39 Jordan Howard, PHI vs. NYG
40 Tevin Coleman, NYJ vs. JAX
41 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. BUF
42 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. WAS
43 Mark Ingram, NOT against MIA
44 AJ Dillon, GB vs. CLE
Four. Five JD McKissic, FUE @ DAL
46 Justin Jackson, LAC @ HOU
47 Mike Davis, ATL vs. THE
48 Latavius ​​Murray, BAL @ CIN
49 Duke Johnson, MIA @ NO
fifty Dontrell Hilliard, TEN vs. SF
51 Devontae Booker, NYG @ PHI
52 Boston Scott, PHI v. NYG
53 Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. SF
54 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. LAR
55 Matt Breida, BUF @ NE
56 Phillip Lindsay, MIA @ NO
57 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ HOU
58 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ GB
59 Ameer Abdullah, CAR vs. tuberculosis
60 Carlos Hyde, JAX @ NYJ
61 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. BAL
62 Nyheim Hines, IND @ ARI
63 Craig Reynolds, DET @ ATL
64 Alex Collins, SEA vs. CHI
Sixty-five Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ TEN
66 Ronald Jones II, TB @ CAR
67 Peyton Barber, LV vs. DEN
68 Godwin Igwebuike, DET @ ATL
69 Brandon Bolden, NE vs. BUF
70 Royce Freeman, HOU vs. LAC
71 Khalil Herbert, CHI @ SEA
72 Jaret Patterson, FUE @ DAL
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